A ‘reality of return’: the case of the Sarawakian-Chinese visiting China

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10547/336231
Title:
A ‘reality of return’: the case of the Sarawakian-Chinese visiting China
Authors:
Tie, Caroline ( 0000-0002-0659-7069 ) ; Holden, Andrew; Park, Hyung yu
Abstract:
Using an interpretive ethnographic framework, this paper focuses on how travel to the homeland informs the identity of the Sarawakian-Chinese, a diaspora that contains a composite of subcultures. The data collection is based upon 35 semi-structured interviews and participant observation of a SarawakianChinese tour group to China. Whilst emotional connections with China are universally significant in constructing the diaspora's ethnic identity, the strength of association is influenced by characteristics of education, religion and language, as identity becomes re-defined and plural. The findings suggest that the influence of tourism to the homeland may not necessarily be significant in enhancing emotional and cultural connections with China. Instead, ambivalent connections to homeland become established during tourism experiences. Visits to the homeland could play a significant role in forging new and hybrid identities of ethnic communities outside the homeland, thereby bringing a new vital dimension to identity formation and communication of the Sarawakian-Chinese in the future.
Affiliation:
University of Bedfordshire; Middlesex University
Citation:
Tie, C., Holden, A., Park, H. (2015) 'A ‘reality of return’: the case of the Sarawakian-Chinese visiting China', Tourism Management 47:206
Publisher:
Elsevier
Journal:
Tourism Management
Issue Date:
2015
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10547/336231
DOI:
10.1016/j.tourman.2014.09.021
Additional Links:
http://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0261517714001976
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
0261-5177
Appears in Collections:
INTOUR Institute for Tourism Research

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorTie, Carolineen
dc.contributor.authorHolden, Andrewen
dc.contributor.authorPark, Hyung yuen
dc.date.accessioned2014-11-27T11:27:50Z-
dc.date.available2014-11-27T11:27:50Z-
dc.date.issued2015-
dc.identifier.citationTie, C., Holden, A., Park, H. (2015) 'A ‘reality of return’: the case of the Sarawakian-Chinese visiting China', Tourism Management 47:206en
dc.identifier.issn0261-5177-
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.tourman.2014.09.021-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10547/336231-
dc.description.abstractUsing an interpretive ethnographic framework, this paper focuses on how travel to the homeland informs the identity of the Sarawakian-Chinese, a diaspora that contains a composite of subcultures. The data collection is based upon 35 semi-structured interviews and participant observation of a SarawakianChinese tour group to China. Whilst emotional connections with China are universally significant in constructing the diaspora's ethnic identity, the strength of association is influenced by characteristics of education, religion and language, as identity becomes re-defined and plural. The findings suggest that the influence of tourism to the homeland may not necessarily be significant in enhancing emotional and cultural connections with China. Instead, ambivalent connections to homeland become established during tourism experiences. Visits to the homeland could play a significant role in forging new and hybrid identities of ethnic communities outside the homeland, thereby bringing a new vital dimension to identity formation and communication of the Sarawakian-Chinese in the future.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherElsevieren
dc.relation.urlhttp://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0261517714001976en
dc.rightsArchived with thanks to Tourism Managementen
dc.subjectdiasporaen
dc.subjectinterpretive ethnographyen
dc.subjectidentityen
dc.subjecthybridityen
dc.subjectSarawakian-Chineseen
dc.subjectambivalent connection to homelanden
dc.titleA ‘reality of return’: the case of the Sarawakian-Chinese visiting Chinaen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Bedfordshireen
dc.contributor.departmentMiddlesex Universityen
dc.identifier.journalTourism Managementen
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